All home workout treadmills are not created equal – to put it bluntly, there is a lot of garbage out there. The Nautilus T614 is not one of those; this machine appears to be the real deal. It’s a quality piece of equipment that comes backed by a 10-year parts warranty and it’s got tons of features packed into its frame. I might be a little picky, but I consider a piece of home workout equipment to be an investment in both myself and my family, and for that reason I expect a lot.
On a personal level I’ve been looking for machine that’s under $1000 that still ticks all of the boxes that I’m looking for in a treadmill. This one is a little more expensive than my ideal at a suggested retail price in the $1500 neighborhood. It’s often on sale for close to half of that though, so it’s right in my wheelhouse. When you’re shopping for a quality home treadmill you may have to have a little patience and wait for the deal.
The one thing that you hear people complaining about a lot is that when you try to get in shape you simply get bored with doing the same old workout day in and day out. With this machine by Nautilus you don’t have to worry about that, as it comes with 22 different programmable workouts. That’s a lot of variety that will help to keep you interested and motivated. In my opinion staying in shape is all about motivation, so this is definitely a big plus for this machine.
The basic features we’ve become accustomed to finding built into home workout machines are here – the ability to track the elapsed time of your workout, the distance you’ve traveled, and the calories you’ve burned. Along with this, the Nautilus T614 allows you to use Nautilus Connect technology to sync your workout statistics with myFitnesspal – an app that you’ll commonly find in both the Android and iTunes app stores. This app allows you to track your performance over time and see the progress you’re making.
I have a family history of joint issues and arthritic pain, so finding a machine that’s low-impact and built to help cushion the blow on my joints is also an important factor. This treadmill has something called the StrikeZone™ cushioning system. Essentially it absorbs the shock to your joints by allowing the treadmill and belt to “give” as your feet impact it – this makes for a very comfortable workout and potentially fewer problems down the line.
If you’re a gadget guy like I am you’ll definitely love this machine. It’s got a built-in sound system that allows you to directly hook up your smart phone, MP3 player, or tablet using the auxiliary jack. It also has a USB port so you can even charge your phone as you work out. There is a convenient tablet stand built over the LCD screen and there are cup holders on either side of the screen to hold your water bottle or smart phone. These are some great features that I’ve been looking for in a reasonably priced machine, and I was pleased to find them on this model.
There are a few more key features of this machine which also bear mentioning. It has an automatic incline function which allows you to adjust incline by up to 12% to increase the difficulty level of your workouts. The belt itself measures 20 x 55, which is a pretty decent workout area for a treadmill. It’s also built to handle a weight of up to 300 pounds, which makes it well within the range I’m looking for. From all accounts it’s a relatively quiet machine, and you can easily fold it up to store out of the way when you’re not using it.
While this is one of the better home treadmills I’ve come across, it’s not without a few issues. As we mentioned it’s got a decent warranty of ten years on the frame, but if you want to pay little more money you can actually find machines with a lifetime warranty on the frame.
The other thing that some people complain about is receiving faulty machines right out of the box; ones that either don’t work or are missing parts. This seems to be a rather infrequent complaint, but it is something to consider. As I looked through the reviews on this product, though, I did notice that Nautilus actually took the time to respond to a complaint directly in one of these reviews – this is quite uncommon for a fitness product manufacturer and I was pleasantly surprised by this.
Overall I have to say that I was pretty impressed by this treadmill. Nautilus appears to take service seriously and this product is packed full of features that I’m looking for in a treadmill at a pretty decent price. I think I’m going to wait for this one to go on sale and I just might bring one home.